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Horner, Strickland honored as clean energy advocates

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Two Republican state lawmakers representing Johnston County have earned state advocacy groups’ Clean Energy Champion designation.

Sen. Rick Horner, R-Nash, and Rep. Larry Strickland, R-Johnston, received awards at a Nov. 12 luncheon in Greensboro, according to a news release from Conservatives for Clean Energy, which cosponsors the recognition ceremony with Chambers for Innovation & Clean Energy.

Horner is a second-term senator who lives in Bailey and represents Nash and Johnston counties while Strickland lives in Pine Level and is in his third term representing Johnston and Harnett counties.

Laurie Barnhart, Conservatives for Clean Energy’s North Carolina state director, said Horner and Strickland “fought to increase market competition in North Carolina’s monopoly-controlled electricity market.”

“Thanks to these two conservative legislators, North Carolina is leading the way toward more energy choice and innovation,” Barnhart said in the release.

Award sponsors cited Horner’s background in agribusiness before serving in the Senate.

“As a senator, Horner has been a strong champion for more energy competition, innovation and clean energy,” the release states.

The groups credit Strickland as “instrumental” in helping to defeat a proposal to allow Duke Energy to implement multi-year electricity rate increases on its customers.

“Strickland is known as a strong supporter of agriculture and has been a vocal advocate for farmers adding solar farms as reliable revenue streams on their property,” the release states.